developed nations. abe has pledged to halve the fiscal deficit by march 2016. the new government intends to finance its spending without borrowing by fiscal 2020. they hope to achieve the goal by cutting expenses. this would involve squeezing social security costs. all eyes are on whether the government will cut pension payments. japan also plans to double consumption tax to 10% by october 2015. but the international monetary fund says a minimum of 15% is needed for full fiscal rehabilitation. the new government says it will first tackle economic recovery and plans to draft an extra budget for the current fiscal year. >>> populous, prosperous, pushing ahead. china's rise brought it wealth, power, and problems. an income gap divides its people. pollution threatens their health. and disputes at sea strains relations with its neighbors. find out the challenges china faces, on "newsline." >>> traffic in china is said to be more of a free-for-all than an orderly procession. motorists often ignore other motorists and pedestrians too, and the pedestrians also play fast and loose with the rules.